Divertimento in D Major, KV 334
Composed by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
For flute, violin, viola, and cello
Edited by Peter-Lukas Graf
Published by Zimmermann
The idea to arrange this Divertimento which was originally composed for string quartet and two horns came from an older arrangement published by Sieber under the name of “Sesteto” for flute, violin, viola, cello and two horns ad lib. Differences to this older version are not only the general omission of the horn parts (which were integrated in some passages of the string parts instead), but also by a great number of changes which justify speaking of a completely new edition.
Even in the earlier edition with flute two movements were missing: “Tema con Variazioni” (2nd movement) and the second minuet (5th movement). This reduction of a six-movement divertimento to a four-movement version, in order to achieve a more symphonic form, is in line with an arrangement practice that was quite common even in Mozart's time. Additionally, the resulting smaller “size” of the work suits a flute quartet better.
Our edition is modeled on Barenreiter's Mozart Edition (new edition including all works, dtv vol. 17). As there is no autograph available, the latter is based on the first prints from 1795 (four movements) and 1799 (six movements). Our arrangement differs from this edition mainly in the fact that we replaced the first violin with a flute, and left out the horn parts in the uptempo movements (the original adagio is for strings only!). All other modifications – mainly the exchange of parts which seemed necessary because of the part positions or to allow for a change of instruments – are listed in detail on page 38f. Additions by the editor (e.g. a few suggestions as to articulation and playing variations) are marked by dashes or parentheses.